Almost 25 years of listening to older adults and their families talk about what matters and how they want life to be lived has led Karen on an interesting journey to becoming an Accessibility Strategist. Understanding that the challenges surrounding the spaces we live in are not limited to older adults but affect people of all ages led Karen to want to understand how to find and implement solutions. With a BSc in Anthropology (a broad approach to understanding the human experience) Karen also holds an Executive Certificate in Home Modification from the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California and is a graduate of the CLIPP program at the Living in Place Institute.
Karen was a member of the Board of Governors of the South Huron Hospital Association for nine years, the last year (2021-2022) as Chairperson. A founding member of Habitat for Humanity Huron County as well as the South Huron Chamber of Commerce, Karen has also served on school councils, church boards and dozens of committees over the years.
In her private time, if you can’t find Karen with one of her two grown children and their families, take a look in Positano, Italy. It has become a favourite place to spend vacation time despite all the stairs cleverly disguised as streets. Great exercise and the ultimate reason to have dessert! Karen is a life-long dog whisperer, trained headshot photographer, bidexterous and also considers herself to be a peanut butter connoisseur.